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PREP CROSS COUNTRY

Whitney cross country warms up for run at league title

Hoping to exceed 2011 season
By: Amanda Calzada/Placer Herald Correspondent
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Whitney High School cross country is ready to start off the season on a strong foot after showcasing their best running in school history last season. The Wildcats set and met a goal of qualifying for the Sac-Joaquin Section Finals where the boys and girls finished sixth and ninth respectively. The boys team also claimed the Capital Athletic League championship with three all-league runners – Nate Wellington, Jacob Zufelt, and Ryan Hodgens. Hodgens, a co-captain, qualified to race at the state meet last season. Wellington, a junior, may help seed the boys in the state meet in November this season. The girls team also finished with three all-league runners – Taelor Hatch, Jenica Dodge, and Megan Hall. Overall, the squad finished runners up to Rio Americano in league. “The girls are still very young, but have a chance of upending Rio Americano and their stranglehold on the top spot in league,” said head coach Mark Snow. Snow said Hatch will showcase speed to help the team reach its goal of winning a league championship. As always, the team has its goals to win the CAL championship, qualify for section finals, and have fun while continuing to build the program with a lot of runners. Snow expects the team to accomplish all three goals between the “motivated and excited young new group of runners” on both sides. “Cross country is fun, but very demanding, so it is encouraging that we continue to build our teams with the excitement of the veterans and the young incoming freshmen,” he said.